There are many metrics for business health, from increasing sales to happy employees to a customer base that posts glowing reviews on social media. One of the least-often mentioned yet vitally important measures of business health is quite literal: a healthy building in which to work.
While “sick building syndrome” (a term coined by the World Health Organization in 1986) doesn’t get as much publicity these days as it once did, the reality is, many office buildings, schools, hospitals, and other work venues can spell danger for employee health. A WHO report suggested up to 30 percent of new and remodeled buildings worldwide may be the source of complaints related to poor indoor air quality: inadequate ventilation, chemical contaminants from indoor or outdoor sources, and/or biological contaminants. (Bacteria, molds, pollen, and viruses are biological contaminants that can all cause sick building syndrome.)
At the turn of the millennium, BusinessWeek ran a cover story called, Is Your Office Killing You? Even workers at the Environmental Protection Agency have claimed sick building related illnesses. Ironic, considering the EPA calls indoor air quality “one of the top five environmental health risks of our time.
Clearly, a healthy environment is key not only for employee health and productivity, but the health of your business overall. Solutions to sick building syndrome include identifying and removing or modifying the source of pollution, increasing ventilation rates, air filtration and most importantly, education and communication.
We’re pleased to be able to offer one important contribution to healthier business environments: spill containment and spill clean up that is clean, green, effective, and actually saves your company money as well as saving employees’ health. Through leading edge technology and research, Impact Absorbents pioneered a highly effective, economical product line dedicated to breakthrough absorbents and safety. With premium products such as our flagship XSORB Universal Granular Absorbent, we do our part to keep both your business and your people healthy and safe. So you can breathe a (good air quality) sigh of relief.